In 2016, BAPFF will offer more than 80 features and documentaries. Opening and Closing Night films along with a selection of the program will be on sale in October, with the complete program launched early November.
It was recently announced a special Japanese retrospective as part of the festival program. The retrospective pays tribute to Setsuko Hara, who passed away in 2015. The shining star of the golden era of post-war Japanese cinema, Setsuko Hara is best remembered for her performance in master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, a recognised masterpiece frequently regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
The retrospective also honours the formidable performances by two other celebrated Japanese actresses, Hideko Takamine and Kinuyo Tanaka, who both contributed tremendously to the triumph of classic Japanese cinema.
Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) is a prestigious film festival in Australia showcasing the creative and cultural breadth of cinematic works from the vast Asia Pacific region. The Festival program celebrates cinematic excellence and champions distinctive voices; it is also the programming team’s mission to honour films that reflect the best of their cultural origins.
In it’s second year (2015) the BAPFF programme consists of more than 100 features films, documentaries, shorts and Virtual Reality works. Launching Australian and Queensland premieres of films such as The Assassin, Cemetery of Splendour, Mountains May Depart, Our Little Sister, Right Now, Wrong Then, Under Electric Clouds, Spear, The Idol, Mustang and Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled, Preoccupied, Preposterous.
The Festival is officially associated with the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), a unique international collaboration with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations, that celebrates the best in Asia Pacific cinema. BAPFF provides a rare chance to experience a selection of the APSA nominated films each year.
Home to 4.5 billion people across 70 countries and areas, the Asia Pacific is the fastest-growing region for film production in the world, responsible for approximately 50 per cent of new cinema. The Asia Pacific stretches across a vast and varied part of the globe, extending from Egypt in the west to the Cook Islands in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south. Cinema provides a fascinating window into the lives and cultures of our region.